It’s exciting times for Kaiapoi with the stunning new Library opening their doors, new housing developments appearing before our eyes and lots of new faces on the streets and in the shops. There is a buzz in the air which is refreshing and invigorating for a community which has been through so much.
Blackwell’s is excited and proud to be part of this change and progression. It has been wonderful to welcome our neighbours, Coffee Culture, and to see the town coming alive again. As such, for the first time in 143 years we are opening our doors seven days a week for your shopping convenience.
WE ARE NOW OPEN SUNDAY’s from 11am to 3pm.
So make a day of it and join us on a Sunday when you can shop at your leisure and enjoy a coffee or lunch at Coffee Culture.
Blackwell’s Sultana Cake used to be made at the Blackwell’s bakery in the 1930s, and sold from the Kaiapoi store and from Blackwell’s retail and bakery shop opposite Ballantynes in Cashel Street, Christchurch. Their sultana cake holds special memories for many people in the district.
While we were looking through the records to build this website we found the original recipe. Here it is and we hope it’s as successful for you as it was for Blackwell’s over eighty years ago.
10 oz sugar
10 oz butter
1 lb plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 lb sultanas
2 pieces of chopped lemon peel
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and remaining ingredients. Bake in moderately slow oven (160°C) for approx 1.5 to 2 hours until a skewer comes out clean.
Blackwell’s Department Store is open for business again in our temporary location of 154 Williams Street, on the round-about opposite McDonald’s. Furnishings and carpet are available at the main store on cnr Williams Street and Raven Quay.